Definition of collectivism in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈlɛktɪvɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1The practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it: the Church has criticized the great emphasis placed on individualism rather than collectivism
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  • Behind these lay another debate between equally traditional views of collectivism v. individual initiative and between atheistic materialism and the belief that the world was created by God.
  • Social contract predicts a gradual movement from collectivism to individual liberty - it also regards self-respect as the very first primary social good.
  • This will ultimately foster the spirit of individualism rather than collectivism in the youth.
1.1The ownership of land and the means of production by the people or the state, as a political principle or system: the Russian Revolution decided to alter the course of modernity towards collectivism
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  • The Universal Declaration does not aim for complete equality and it certainly isn't compatible with a political system based on some form of coercive collectivism, or state socialism as it existed in Eastern Europe - quite the contrary.
  • From Shachtman he inherited his signature theories of democratic Marxism and bureaucratic collectivism, as well as his socialist outrage at the communist perversion of socialism.
  • Surely, such a scientific ‘double whammy’ rendered any concept of socialism, of collectivism, of a society based on co-operation and solidarity, a mere pipe-dream?

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